God's Unpredictable Order

Harvey Heneveld

READ : Matthew 1:1-18

I hope you were not put off by reading all those names. Every one of those names was a real person who lived a lifetime, just as you are now. None of these people knew their name would end up on a list in the Bible. But it did. None knew they were passing along their genetic codes which would form the body of the Messiah in the womb of Mary. But they were. None had a clue during their lifetime that they were an important link in the generations God was guiding toward the birth of His Son.

How familiar these words sound: “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child.” We see now how faithfully God had been at work through all those generations.

We would all like to see the big picture of our lives, and know how our lives fit into God’s plans. But until God’s plan is complete, we will never fully know the part we played. God gives us joy in this life as we work to fulfill His will for our lives each day. But the larger meaning remains a mystery to us. I believe this is because, if we knew, we would try to control it, and also, we would be distracted by pride.

It is enough for us to know that as we walk faithfully with the Lord, He is weaving our lives into His plan which will be revealed when Jesus comes.


We offer our lives for You to use, Lord Jesus. Amen